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“Almost no chance” Johan Santana avoids starting season on disabled list

Mar 5, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

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There have been a lot of varying reports and mixed signals about Johan Santana‘s health status and potential readiness for Opening Day, but Andy Martino of the New York Daily News paints a picture that’s anything but optimistic.

According to Martino “the Mets’ private expectations for Santana’s April 1 availability are even grimmer than their public line” and “there is almost no chance that Santana avoids the disabled list at the beginning of the season.”

Obviously having Santana feeling good enough to start on Opening Day would be ideal, but missing a couple starts and rejoining the rotation in mid-April would hardly be disastrous. Of course, right now that’s looking more like the best-case scenario than the likely scenario, although Santana did some light throwing yesterday to show a little progress.

  1. turdfurgerson68 - Mar 5, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Sounds like Santana will be pitching sometime this year.

    Good thing Poulliet didn’t write this article…he’d have Santana’s career dead and buried by this point.

    Nice job of journalistic restraint Mr. Gleeman. Thanks for not resorting to sensational speculation.

    • unclemosesgreen - Mar 5, 2013 at 1:05 PM

      I’m with the Pouliot strawman you constructed – I think the sky is falling. On Johan Santana.

  2. sdelmonte - Mar 5, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    I am usually a defender of the Mets, but there is something weird about how this is unfolding. Again. Just like with how many other injuries?

    Seems that the way the Mets handle injuries remains strangely adversarial. Yes, there is a likelihood the player involved is being difficult, but when something happens this often, you have to look at both sides.

  3. fanofevilempire - Mar 5, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    I get thumbs down when I mention the Mets and their injuries.

  4. coryfor3 - Mar 5, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    What happened? Did he try to surprise his kids at Christmas and break something?

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